Two late home runs help Beavers rally past 51s, gain split in series

Mike Baxter and Anthony Contreras each hit a two-run homer Wednesday to help the Portland Beavers erase an early deficit and beat the 51s 6-3 in a Pacific Coast League game in Portland, Ore.

Contreras’ homer, an inside-the-park shot to center field, capped the scoring in the Beavers’ three-run seventh inning and accounted for the game’s final runs.

Portland starter Josh Geer (6-7) held Las Vegas to three runs on five hits and no walks and struck out one in seven innings as the Beavers (33-53) gained a split of the teams’ four-game series.

The 51s (40-47), who were outhit 10-6, did most of their damage in the fifth inning, when they tallied four of their hits and all three of their extra-base hits.

Brian Dopirak led off the fifth with his 10th home run of the season, which extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Brad Emaus then doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Adam Calderone’s sacrifice fly. Aaron Mathews followed with a single and scored on a double by Danny Perales, giving Las Vegas a 3-1 lead.

The Beavers tied the score in the sixth when, with two outs, Cedric Hunter singled and scored on Baxter’s ninth homer of the season. Their winning rally in the seventh featured a one-out single by Josh Barfield, an RBI double by Lance Zawadzki and Contreras’ homer.

Robert Ray started for the 51s and gave up two runs on four hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings. Zach Jackson (2-3) took the loss after surrendering four runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Las Vegas catcher J.P. Arencibia singled in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.

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